Born in New York in 1927, Stanley Boxer began his formal art training after leaving the navy at the end of WWII. He attended the Art Students League where he was immediately interested in painting, a medium that he would work with for over five decades. He also experimented with sculpture, drawing and printmaking.
The first solo exhibition of Boxer's paintings took place in New York in 1953 and he showed regularly with Tibor de Nagy through 1975 when he became associated with the Andre Emmerich Gallery until 1993. A retrospective of Boxer's work in all media was organized in 1992 by the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in Massachusetts and a one-person show of his paintings appeared at the Butler Institute of Art in Ohio in 1999. Boxer died in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 2000.